This week, we’re sharing stories from Ian Frisch, Niela Orr, Alison Fensterstock, Jill Lepore, and Austin Carr.
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Ian Frisch | New York Magazine | June 27, 2019 | 23 minutes (5,800 words)
“This might strike you as a wildly self-serving theory: that the epic rift tearing apart this preposterously wealthy family was the fault not of the lifelong ne’er-do-well, who’d spent four decades partying his way through a family fortune, but of his outwardly much more responsible and sober brother, who had run the family business for over a decade. More than that: that the responsible, sober one was actually reckless, vindictive, manipulative, and untrustworthy even with those who knew him best. And even more: that the final break came when the supposedly responsible one engineered an elaborate conspiracy to frame his brother involving a henchman and two corrupt cops.”
Niela Orr | The Baffler | July 2, 2019 | 15 minutes (3,905 words)
As Niela Orr looks at Black women characters in horror films like “Us,” “Ghost,” “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane,” and “Scream,” she uncovers a throughline: “Black women have been humiliated and punished, in horror cinema as in life, for our incisiveness, for wondering aloud, for trying to get some answers.”
Alison Fensterstock | Topic | July 2, 2019 | 9 minutes (2,300 words)
One British man spent his adult life devoted to his favorite star. His personal collection tells us a lot about fandom—and about the life cycles of music ephemera.
Jill Lepore | The New Yorker | July 1, 2019 | 16 minutes (4,000 words)
“My best friend left her laptop to me in her will. Twenty years later, I turned it on and began my inquest.”
Austin Carr | Bloomberg Businessweek | June 28, 2019 | 14 minutes (3,596 words)
Although much less popular than in years past, model trains are still highly sought after collectibles. Is that why someone robbed Kent, England’s Gravesend Model Marine & Engineering Society of theirs?